Who We Are
Red Rover is a scrappy theatre company launched in Seattle in 2016 by two veteran playwrights, John C. Davenport and Duane Kelly. Frustrated with the limited production opportunities for new plays, they decided to take charge and put up their own work. The company's inaugural production, staged October 2016, was John’s play Red Rover (from which the name for their company was shamelessly stolen). Duane's new play Das Ende, produced March 2017, was the second presentation. Third up was Duane's Visiting Cezanne in March 2018, followed by John's Asylum in Georgia in February 2020. The plan is to stage a new play every year or so.
Duane Kelly is the author of eight full-length plays. Productions: Visiting Cezanne (Burien Actors Theatre, 2019), Visiting Cezanne (Red Rover Theatre Company, 2018), Escorting Tom (Burien Actors Theatre, 2017), Das Ende (Red Rover Theatre Company, 2017). Publications: Das Ende (Cantus Theaterverlag, Eschach, Germany, 2018). His plays have had readings at Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Alaska) with Edward Albee, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (Idaho), Key City Theatre (Pt. Townsend, WA), and ACT Theatre (Seattle); and in New York, at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, and id Theatre. He co-founded Red Rover Theatre Company, which performs new plays in Seattle's fringe venues. Duane is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and for eight years served as the Guild's regional representative for Washington State.
PRESS FOR VISITING CEZANNE
"If you like art, and have a special fondness for Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and early modern art, it is definitely an interesting play to see."
Drama in the Hood, March 30, 2018
PRESS FOR DAS ENDE
“You feel compelled to find out what’s going to happen next, as unlikely as it all might be.”
Seattle Gay Scene, March 31, 2017
PRESS FOR RED ROVER
"Red Rover offers an enjoyable night out at the theatre."
Drama in the Hood, October 12, 2016